Malatya City Guide

Malatya City Guide

Malatya is the most developed city of the region in terms of economy. About 800 thousand people live in Malatya and it’s located in Eastern Anatolia Region of Turkey. Due to the fact that the southern and central Anatolian regions are located at the intersection, the social structure of the city shows variety and richness. Malatya is an important cultural and artistic center for the region. Malatya, known as the land of apricots. Malatya Apricot is famous all over the world and 80% of world dried apricot production provides apricot gardens located in Malatya Plain. In addition, textile factories also contribute to the city’s economy. Otherwise, İnönü University has also been effective in the growth of trade and the city. There are more than one hydroelectric power plants in Malatya. At the same time, the city has rich iron ore deposits.

On the other hand, Malatya is a touristic center that attracts attention with many places to visit like Mount Nemrut. Malatya is also a historical city has been hosted of many civilizations from Hittites. There are many historical places to visit in the city like mosques, museums and castles. If we look at the education perspective, Malatya has one of the oldest university of the country like İnönü University. It is possible to reach Malatya by road, railway and airline. However, Malatya is the important attraction point for tourism, agriculture and real estate investments. Check out the most comprehensive Malatya city guide now. You will find the answers of many questions like “Places to see in Malatya” or “How to get to Malatya?” in this guide.

City Name



Population Density

Population Growth Rate

Surface Area

Number of Districts

Postal Code

Area Code

GDP (Per Capita)


Eastern Anatolia


66 / km2

0,39 %

12.146 km2




25.364 ₺

There are important districts in Malatya like Yeşilyurt and Battalgazi in terms of being metropolitan districts. These two districts have more than 600 thousand population. These districts are among the most popular districts of Malatya. Places to visit in Malatya is generally within the boundaries of these districts. Hekimhan is also has an important feature for Malatya with its rich iron mine deposits. Akçadağ, Darendere and Yeşilyurt has important industrial zones of the city.

The districts of Malatya are Akçadağ, Arapgir, Arguvan, Battalgazi, Darende, Doğanşehir, Doğanyol, Hekimhan, Kale, Kuluncak, Pütürge, Yazıhan and Yeşilyurt. You will find detailed information for all districts of Malatya in this guide.

Short History of Malatya

The presence of trade and cultural exchanges between the three continents at the crossroads has increased the historical and cultural importance of Malatya. This feature made Malatya important in every period of history. The history of Malatya is based on the Hittites. After the Hittites, this region was dominated by the Kargamish Kingdom, Mitanni, Hurriler, Sami Babylonians, Assyrians, Meds, Persians, Commagene Kingdom, Pontus Kingdom, Pats, Sassanids and Romans. Malatya remained under Eastern Roman rule after 395 AD. The Byzantines made Malatya a state center.

The Seljuks conquered Malatya in 1085 after the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. Malatya has been the capital of the Danishmends affiliated with the Seljuks for 40 years. The city passed to the Ilkhanids and later to the Mamelukes after the Seljuks. When Yavuz Sultan Selim ended the Mamluk State in 1516, Malatya joined the territory of the Ottoman State. During the Ottoman Period, Malatya became one of the five banners of Dulkadir Principality. Then it was connected to Diyarbakır Province. The city became one of the major cities of Central Anatolia at the beginning of the First World War. Malatya started to develop with the arrival of the railway in the city in the Republican period.

Accommodation in Malatya is an important issue for people who visit city for different purposes like tourism or business. In Malatya, close to the city center, it is possible to find hotels in all-inclusive concept and accommodation options that serve in bed and breakfast, half board and room concepts only. You can stay in Malatya hotels suitable for the needs of visitors coming to Malatya for business and tourism purposes.  You can find a lot of accommodation alternatives in Malatya. There are world-famous hotel chain like Ramada.

Continental climate is seen in Malatya. Winters are cold and long, summers are hot and dry. However, the city has a soft climate compared to the harsh climate conditions of the region. Annual average temperature about 13,7 ºC in the city. The best time to visit Malatya is summer months. Find the best hotels in Malatya in our guide easily.

If you are looking for real estate for sale in Malatya or real estate for rent in Malatya, you are on the right page. The prices of houses for sale in Malatya have increased by 21.13% in the last year. The average residential area is 175 square meters. The depreciation period of the houses for sale is around 22 years. The districts that gained the most value in Malatya province were Battalgazi, Yeşilyurt, Doğanşehir, Darende respectively. On the other hand, the district with the fastest return in Malatya province was Doğanşehir. Since affordable and luxurious sites are built in these regions, it is preferred by those who want to invest. You can make the most correct investment by examining our ads for apartment options for sale from Malatya real estate agent. You can also add your listings easily if you are selling or renting a house in different districts of Malatya.

Do you want to get detailed information about hospitals in Malatya? If you’re, our special health guide will be helpful for you. In Malatya, there are 9 state hospitals, 1 university hospital and 9 private hospitals. Almost all districts have hospitals in different regions of the city. You can get high-quality health services in many health instutitions in Malatya. Especially, İnönü University Hospital is the full-fledged hospital of the city with its high capacity.

If we look at the general perspective to Malatya, the city is located in Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. The city is at the crossroads of the three regions due to its location. So, there are many transportation alternatives for the city. You can reach Malatya by air, railway and road transportation. Malatya Airport is located 16 kilometers away from the city center. You can come to the city center by using airport public bus services from the Malatya Airport to different regions of the city. If you want to come to Malatya by bus, there are bus services from many cities to Malatya.

Road Transportation

For the road transportation concept, Malatya has many connections because it is at the crossroads. You can visit Malatya by D-300, D-330, D-850, D-875 and some other roads from Elazığ, Adıyaman, Sivas and Kahramanmaraş. Malatya Bus Station is the main bus station of Malatya and it’s located in Yeşilyurt district. You can find direct lines from many cities of Turkey to Malatya.

Air Transportation

Malatya Airport is the main airport in Malatya and this is located in Akçadağ district. It takes about 16 km from Malatya Airport to the city center, so you can use public bus shuttle to reach city center from the airport. You can find connecting international flight from Malatya to many countries and cities of the world. Also, you can fly to many domestic cities of Turkey from Malatya Airport.

Railway Transportation

For the concept of railway transportation, the city has a rich variety. It is possible to reach Malatya by train lines such as Van Lake Express, Güney Kurtalan Express, Fırat Express and regional train departing from Elazığ. You can go to Malatya by using these lines from cities such as Ankara, Kayseri, Sivas, Diyarbakır, Elazığ, Osmaniye and Adana.

Inner-city Transportation

There are some transportation alternatives such as public buses, minibuses and trolleybuses in Malatya. The trolleybus line reaches many important points of the city. You can use all of the districts of the city by public transportation.

You will find the answers of the “Best places to visit in Malatya” or “Top 10 things to do and see in Malatya” questions in this guide. Choose your destination, click on the guide and start discovering Malatya deeply now. The city has a lot of places to visit. There are many historical places to visit in Malatya, which has a deep-rooted culture based on the Hittites. Mount Nemrut is known as the most popular visiting point in Malatya. It is a world famous national park and conservation area. However, it is useful to know other valuable places. There are important historical buildings and natural beauties to see. Historical mosques of Malatya are among the most visited places for tourists coming to Malatya. Yusuf Ziya Pasha MosqueMelik Sunullah MosqueBattalgazi Ulu Mosque and Yeni Mosque are some of them. In addition, Yusuf Ziya Pasha Bedesten and Silahtar Mustafa Pasha Caravanserai should be visited. Malatya CastleArapgir Castle and Doğanşehir Castle are among the historical buildings of Malatya. You can have information about the history of Malatya and make a pleasant trip. Malatya Museum and Beşkonaklar Ethnography Museum are among the stops you need to visit during your trip. Both are in the city center. The items reflecting the tradition and culture of Malatya are exhibited in these museums. The natural beauty of the city is also worth seeing. Levent Valley and Günpınar Waterfall are among the natural beauties we recommend you to see in Malatya. For more, check out our guide now!

There are 2 state university in Malatya named as İnönü University and Malatya Turgut Özal University Especially, İnönü University is one of the oldest universities in Turkey. Find the best university in our guide below.


Enes Sahin

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